Zum Thema: relationships

Holocaust Survivor Celebrates 104th Birthday with 400 Offspring

On her 104th birthday, Shoshana Ovitz had one wish for all of her children, grandchildren and descendants to meet at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. About 400 family members showed up to celebrate, fulfilled her birthday request. Ovitz survived the Holocaust, specifically Auschwitz, and suffered the loss of her family, witnessing her mother being taken… […]

Zencity Tech Brings Power to the Locals

What do the people want? This is the question that city management company Zencity, answers for any local authorities wanting to listen. While the saying goes that the revolution will not be televised, they never said anything about social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Perhaps that’s just where the people’s revolution begins. The… […]

Is Sherut Culture a Vehicle for Kindness?

As I stand on Ben Yehuda, a busy main street parallel to the beach in Tel Aviv, I wave down a yellow taxi – not the New York kind – but what Israelis call a ‘monit sherut’, or shared taxi. The sherut is an alternative to taking the bus, as it often runs along the… […]

Texting Terribly in Tel Aviv

“Why did you just punch me in the face?” he asked. “I didn’t punch you,” I responded. “I fist bumped you. Ehm, is that just a Jersey thing?” It was only the beginning of our blossoming text message conversation, and I quickly learned that for the majority of Israeli men, the fist emoji is a… […]

Ethiopian Israelis Protest Against Police Brutality

After 24-year old Ethiopian man, Yehuda Biaga, was shot dead by a police officer, thousands of Israelis took to the streets and demonstrated peacefully against unjust police brutality. Protesters gathered by Azrieli Towers in Tel Aviv and caused a standstill in traffic. Their aim was to bring attention to the blatant racism and prejudice they… […]

IPC Bans Malaysia for Unethical Sportsmanship

The government of Malaysia, led by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, refuses to allow Israeli athletes to participate in the Paralympics swimming championship, and were banned from hosting after the International Paralympic Committee, or IPC, took the action needed to send the right message across – sports and politics do not go together. Malaysia banned Israelis… […]

Domestic Violence Against Women Increases by 30%

In the past year, 21 women were murdered in cold blood by their husbands, partners or close family members. Of the 21 women killed, around half had filed a report with the police prior to their deadly incident. Disturbingly, there has been a 30% increase in violence against women in the last year, with over… […]

Study Cautions the Future of Israel Over-Population

Israel is home to about 8.8 million people, making it the fourth most crowded country according to the OECD. A new study predicts that within 50 years, Israel will be the number one most crowded country in the world with a population of over 20 million people. The study was led by Dan Ben David,… […]

Israeli Education and its Teachers are Neglected

Being an educator in Israel is one of the least respected roles in Israeli society. In the Global Teacher Status Index 2018, it was found that Israel ranked second to last only under Brazil for educators being a respected profession. In comparison, China, which ranks first, considers a teacher’s role of equal importance to a… […]

Female Politicians on the Rise in Israel

History was made in the nationwide Israeli municipal elections, as expected for the year of 2018. Just a little more of the glass ceiling is being shattered, as a record-breaking number of female politicians ran for positions and were voted into victory. The elections were held in 251 cities across Israel, with a few major… […]

Two Gold Medals and a Dash of Hope

Just one year ago, at a major judo tournament in the United Arab Emirates, Israelis were unable to compete under their national symbols. When Tal Flicker won the gold medal, the organizers refused to honor him with the national anthem and raising the flag – as is standard in regard to any sports win. This… […]

Fourteen Hours Can Impact Social Wellbeing

The connection between parent and child has always been crucial; yet newer studies prove how important the first five months of a baby’s life is for their long-term development, emotional and social wellbeing and future relationships. Ruth Feldman, who heads the neuroscience center at the IDC Herzliya, has run a long-term study with results that… […]

Japanese Israeli Startup Scene

The Japanese Israeli relationship is kicking into new gear, as the Japanese External Trade Organization, or JETRO, is dedicating one of its dozen international startup hubs to support Israeli entrepreneurs aiming to grow within the Japanese ecosystem. The Global Acceleration Hub, centered in Tel Aviv, will be a business center of sorts, providing free temporary… […]

Football Fans in Israel Celebrate World Cup

One may think sports is a simple yet thrilling way to bring people together, but as years go on, it seems like more and more politics tend to take the field – especially when it comes to Israel. Instead of the World Cup is a perfect opportunity to create shared space for sportsmanlike behavior, many… […]

Israeli Economy Grows and Need for Inclusivity Does Too

The Israeli economy is booming, and the societal split is growing larger with each step forward. A recently released 2018 Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, or OECD report, shows what might seem like advancement in Israel’s society; however, the economic gaps between groups like the Haredim and Arabs are only growing further with low employment… […]

Israel Funds High Tech Park for Palestinians

An injection of inspiration is being cast straight into Palestinian society. As part of Plan 922, a 2015 governmental proposal to distribute NIS 15 billion to the Palestinian technological sector, a new piece is being unraveled. The plan is aimed to create more jobs, bridge the income gap, and offer beneficial opportunities for the future.… […]

China Opens Liaison Office in Israel

China and Israel are officially becoming a thing. A “twin” office is opening, connecting Beijing’s ZhongGuanCun Science Park, or Z-Park, with the startup city of Tel Aviv. An agreement was made on April 8 between Beijing Vice Mayor Yin Hejun and Tel Aviv Deputy Mayor Doron Sapir. The Z-Park partnership solidifies a budding hi tech… […]

Israeli Scavenger Hunt for Soul

Israel has been around for 70 years, yet the hidden gems continue to be uncovered within the small and complex country. Enter Joseph Waks, a passionate Israel lover who has experienced the soul of Israel and wants to share it with the world. Originally from Australia and now living in Florida, Waks travels to Israel… […]

Civil marriage matters

Thousands of lovers in Israel cannot achieve what most would call a “happily ever after,” or in simple terms, are unable to get married in Israel. Current marriage laws in Israel are strictly enforced and controlled by the Ultra-Orthodox religious parties, meaning that thousands of people either do not meet the necessary religious requirements, or… […]

More Israelis Learning Arabic

Street signs across Israel are home to the country’s two official languages, Hebrew and Arabic. While there is a divide between the languages and cultures alike, being able to communicate could be just the necessary bridge for a more peaceful future in Israel. Unfortunately, the amount of Israelis who study the Arabic language has been… […]